animal wall on the outside of the castle which was designed by a chap called William Burges. Now he was one of the most prestigious gothic architects and good old Wiki has enlightened me about his prolific collection of work. There's a lesson to be had about the dangers of being a slave to fashion. A lot of his creations were destroyed or lost when tastes changed in the 1920s-50s. High quality work is to be cherished whether it coincides with current trends or not.
Anyway, if you are super-rich you might as well go for out and out decadence which is what the Bute family did in the 19th century when the Castle was their home. Burges renovated the castle and built a sumptuous mansion in the grounds complete with spaces that every home should have - like this Arab room with its gilded ceiling.
too ebullient Tudor Torturer whilst he was explaining the mechanics of toenail extraction. However, the youngsters did their own tour later on. They gained an appreciation of what was on offer in the apartments thanks to a pamphlet prompting them to spot the myriad of animals depicted around the place. I'm told that I missed ants carved on a writing desk in the library. My forty something eyes are not as sharp as they used to be.